In honor of this week’s National Night Out, we’re thinking about our neighbors and our community. NNO is a yearly event for neighborhoods to get together, hang out, and get to know each other a little better, emphasizing healthy partnerships between communities and law enforcement. National Night Out is a great time to get to know the people in your area and to build happy, strong relationships.
Whether your area celebrated National Night Out or not, it’s always good to know your neighbors. By nature, human beings are social creatures. We like to be together and to share experiences, but we’re also curious, which means that we want to know just who we’re sharing those experiences with. So when a new face moves into town, it’s natural to want to know a little more about them. Whitepages Premium compiles all kinds of public records in one easy-to-use place for your benefit, from licenses to criminal backgrounds to contact information.
When you look up your new neighbors, you’re looking for a sense of peace and community—just what every neighborhood needs. With just a few pieces of information, you’ll also see what part of town someone’s moving from and if they already own any other properties. If they don’t, maybe they’re first-time home buyers looking to live out their dreams in your neighborhood.
You should also check out the people in your area when you’re the town newbie. A beautifully-maintained cul-de-sac is its own strong sell, but what about the potential new neighbors you met on your way to the open house? Even if you don’t know their names yet, pop their house address into the reverse address search to find their name and get a better sense of who they are. You’ll even see a map of your neighborhood so you can see more of your neighbors’ names and where in the neighborhood they live! Checking into their story will help you decide if you and this community are a great fit for each other.
Having a community that makes you feel safe and welcome is necessary to any move. So when someone who really was a great fit for your neighborhood moves on, or when you move on, losing touch can be really hard. Did you and a former neighbor get along really well, but have you fallen out of contact since one of you left the old stomping grounds? Look them up to see where they live now and, if their contact information is available, reach out and say hello. Who knows—they could be looking for you.
What do you love about your neighborhood? What keeps it a vibrant, wonderful place to live? Leave a comment below and tell us about how you cultivate community in your own backyards.